John Bolton warns that China is the west's biggest existential threat
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China is looking to build up the country’s nuclear capabilities amid a military modernisation drive as Beijing looks to take on Washington over Taiwan. Xi Jinping is known to be pushing the Chinese military to set up bases in southeast Asia and Africa amid a growing rivalry globally with the United States.
Mr Colby told Sky News Australia: ” I think China’s building up its nuclear forces, it’s improving its capabilities.
“It’s looking for military bases, all around Southeast Asia and African support.
“I think there’s still a sense that they’re not as confident as they would want to be on a Taiwan thing.
I think that’s a reason for some reassurance, but that shouldn’t be a reason for lethargy because they might decide they’re ready or that we are or the Taiwanese are, and they might decide and then in two years, they might decide they’re ready or three years or five years, which from a defence planning point of view is a blink of an eye.
Defence Intelligence Analyst Paul Monk has suggested current anti-lockdown backlash in China could be a “serious turning point” for Xi Jinping’s regime.
The protests are believed to have been triggered after a number of people lost their lives in an apartment building fire in Urumqi after emergency services were reportedly delayed by lockdown rules.
Mr Monk told Sky News Australia: “It seems to me various authoritarian regimes crack at different, often unpredictable points due to things that they didn’t foresee.
“This could be a very serious turning point for China.”
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Footage from the frontline of protests in the city of Guangzhou showed riot police in hazmat suits dragging people out of the demonstration.
Missiles and bottles were hurled at the police by the angry protestors.
Hundreds of SUVs, vans and armoured vehicles with flashing lights were parked along city streets Wednesday while police and paramilitary forces conducted random ID checks and searched people’s mobile phones for photos, banned apps or other potential evidence that they had taken part in the demonstrations.
The number of people who have been detained at the demonstrations and in follow-up police actions is not known.
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Political commentator Quentin Letts believes that Xi Jinping has backed himself into a corner of China’s “zero Covid” policy.
Mr Letts told Good Morning Britain: “There’s a very good piece in The Telegraph today, by Sherelle Jacobs saying that this zero-tolerance Covid approach by China has become China’s version of the Ukraine war.
“They’re not going to win this thing and President Xi has got himself into a terrible corner.
“And it’s very difficult to see how his authority is improved.
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